Susannah Barton Tobin
Managing Director, Climenko Program
Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising
Susannah Barton Tobin is the Managing Director of the Climenko Fellowship Program and Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising. She directs the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program and teaches a section in the program. Susannah has been appointed the Ezra Ripley Thayer Senior Lecturer on Law at HLS.
She received her B.A. in classics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 2000, where she was the recipient of the Newbold Rhinelander Landon Memorial Prize. She received an M.Phil. in classics from the University of Cambridge in 2001, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2004. While in law school, she was a senior editor of the Harvard Civil-rights Civil Liberties Law Review and summered at the ACLU of Massachusetts and Ropes & Gray. She then clerked on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts for Judge Mark L. Wolf and on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for Judge Levin H. Campbell. She advised hundreds of Harvard undergraduates as a resident tutor for ten years in Leverett House, for which work the College recognized her with the Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling. She was a recipient of the 2010 Dean’s Excellence Award at Harvard Law School, and received a 2017 Teaching and Advising Award from the HLS Student Government. She serves on the board of The Harvard Crimson and on the Cambridge Historical Commission.
Karen Bell Thomas
Karen is the Program Coordinator for the First-Year Legal Research and Writing and the Climenko Fellowship Program. She received her B.S. in Communications and Educational Media from Boston University and an A.S. in Radio/TV Communications from Endicott College. She worked at the Harvard Business School News Bureau for seven years producing brochures and fielding media inquiries. Following her work at HBS, she managed print production for medical and educational journals and developed PR and marketing materials for construction and engineering firms in the Boston area. Karen is an active member of the HLS Green Team Committee and was awarded a 2010 Harvard Green Carpet Award and a 2013 Harvard Hero Award in recognition of her efforts to help make Harvard a more sustainable campus.